In today's hyper-connected digital landscape, cybersecurity has become an integral part of our daily lives. As individuals and organizations rely more on online platforms and services, the risk of cyber threats and attacks continues to grow. Clients of Indiana Trust Wealth Management should be equipped with the knowledge and tools to help ensure their online activities remain secure.

This communication aims to raise awareness about cybersecurity and provide actionable steps our clients can take to protect their online presence.

Understanding the Cybersecurity Landscape

To effectively safeguard against cyber threats, it is crucial to comprehend the diverse range of risks individuals may encounter. Clients should be aware of the following:

  • Phishing Attacks:  Be cautious of emails, messages, or phone calls that request personal or financial information. Verify the legitimacy of the source before sharing any sensitive data.
  • Malware and Ransomware:  Exercise caution while downloading files or clicking on suspicious links. Install reputable antivirus software to detect and mitigate potential threats.
  • Weak Passwords and Authentication:  Strengthen your online accounts with unique, complex passwords. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible to add an extra layer of security.
  • Social Engineering:  Be wary of individuals attempting to manipulate or deceive you into revealing sensitive information. Think twice before sharing personal details with unknown individuals or on unsecured platforms.

Essential Cybersecurity Practices for Clients

Here we aim to explore some actionable steps that clients of Indiana Trust Wealth Management can take to bolster their cybersecurity posture:

  • Regularly Update Devices and Software:  Keep your operating systems, applications, and antivirus software up to date. These updates often include vital security patches that protect against emerging threats.
  • Implement Strong Password Hygiene:  Create unique, complex passwords for each online account. Consider using a reliable password manager to securely store and generate passwords. Change passwords periodically and never reuse them across multiple accounts.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):  Whenever available, enable MFA on all your accounts. This additional authentication step significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, even if your password is compromised.
  • Exercise Caution with Email and Messages:  Avoid clicking on suspicious links or opening attachments from unknown sources. Be vigilant of phishing attempts and scrutinize emails requesting personal information or urgent actions. Verify the legitimacy of emails or messages by contacting the sender directly through a trusted source.
  • Shop from Secure Websites: When engaging in online shopping, only use reputable websites that utilize secure protocols (HTTPS). Look for a padlock symbol in the browser's address bar to ensure a secure connection. 

- Before making a purchase from an unfamiliar online retailer, conduct research to verify their credibility. Read reviews, check their reputation with consumer protection agencies, and look for secure payment options. 

- Use secure payment methods, such as credit cards or reputable third-party payment processors, for online transactions.

- Avoid using debit cards or directly sharing sensitive banking information unless you trust the website and its security measures.

- Be cautious of counterfeit websites that mimic legitimate online retailers. Double-check the URL, ensure the website has proper contact information, and verify their authenticity before making a purchase.

  • Regularly Monitor Financial Statements:  Regularly review your bank and credit card statements for any suspicious activity or unauthorized charges. Report any discrepancies to your financial institution immediately.
  • Be Mindful of Public Wi-Fi Networks:  Exercise caution when using public Wi-Fi networks, as they may pose security risks. Avoid accessing sensitive information or making financial transactions when connected to unsecured or unknown networks.
  • Regularly Back Up Data:  Frequently back up important files and data to an external storage device or secure cloud storage. This practice ensures that even if you fall victim to a cyber attack, you can recover your information without major losses.
  • Educate Yourself:  Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity trends, best practices, and common scams. Regularly review and consult trusted sources for up-to-date information on protecting your digital presence.

In an era of ever-evolving cyber threats, prioritizing cybersecurity is vital for clients of Indiana Trust Wealth Management. By understanding the diverse risks and adopting proactive measures, individuals can reduce their vulnerability to cyber-attacks and protect their online activities.  Implementing strong passwords, enabling MFA, staying vigilant against phishing attempts, and regularly updating devices are just a few actionable steps clients can take to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

Empowered with cybersecurity awareness and actionable steps, we can confidently navigate the digital landscape and safeguard our financial well-being.  And by taking proactive steps, we can collectively create a safer online environment.

Additional information on cybersecurity safety:

Should you have questions concerning cybersecurity as it relates to accounts at Indiana Trust Wealth Management, please feel free to speak with a Wealth Advisor at 574.271.3400.

About Indiana Trust Wealth Management

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You can trust the credentialed professionals at Indiana Trust Wealth Management for corporate trustee services, as well as individual and family wealth services, business retirement plan services, and nonprofit organization and foundation services. Our Wealth & Investment Advisory Teams have been working in tandem with estate planning attorneys, their clients, and their clients’ accounting professionals to secure, protect, and grow legacies for more than three decades.

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